Jane Seymour, OBE (born Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg on February 15, 1951) is an English born actress best known as the Bond girl in the James Bond film Live and Let Die and as the star of the American television series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and its telefilm sequels as well as Angie Brown in Touched By An Angel.
Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg was born in Hayes, London, England to John Frankenberg, an English Jewish obstetrician of Polish and German origin, and his Dutch wife, Mieke Frankenberg, who survived Japanese prison camps during World War II and cared for other prisoners with no medicine and only relying on her Red Cross training. John died in 1990 after 40 years of marriage, and Mieke died on October 2, 2007. Their daughter took the stage name Jane Seymour, also the name of King Henry VIII’s third wife, at the age of 17.
From 1972 to 1973, she gained her first major TV role as Emma Callon in the successful 1970s series The Onedin Line. During this time she appeared as female lead Prima in the two-part TV mini-series Frankenstein: The True Story and as Winston Churchill’s lover Pamela Plowden in another of the films produced by her father-in-law, Young Winston. She also drew her first major international attention as Bond girl Solitaire in the James Bond film Live and Let Die.